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If you’ve already played MachineGames’, you know there’s plenty of memorable set pieces across the game’s two acts. These moments, and even more subtle ones, are captured magnificently by Flickr user K putt in astounding 4K detail.

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Catch this screen and more in their full 4K glory from K putt here.

Need more reasons to make a return trip to Castle Wolfenstein. At Gamespot, Daniel Hindes explores the allure of the castle — comparing visits from Wolfenstein 3D, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and the newly-released The Old Blood.

And after the break, catch the latest review scores for The Old Blood…

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Swede Dreams: More Nightmares Coming to The Old Blood

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With last year’s studio-debut title, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Sweden-based MachineGames established how they could move B.J. Blazkowicz into an era of story-driven, first-person shooters while staying true to the series legacy and roots. They also proved they can they can make a pretty good homage to the 1992 id Software original — hiding the game’s first level as an Easter Egg.

Nostalgic fans that enjoyed this trip down memory lane will be happy to know that Nightmare Mode has returned in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. Speaking with MachineGame’s Managing Director & Executive Producer, Jerk Gustafsson, we’re happy to report that the entire first episode of Wolf 3D can be found by carefully exploring the contents of The Old Blood.

To learn a little more about the process of bringing the cult classic back, Jerk was nice enough to answer some of our Bethesda Blog questions.

How many Nightmare levels are in The Old Blood?

There are nine Nightmare levels in The Old Blood – one for each chapter in the game. One great improvement we’ve done for The Old Blood is that players will be able to replay each Nightmare level. As soon as you wake up from a Nightmare – by dying, by completing the level or by using the new “wake up” option — you will always be able to go back to bed and enter the Nightmare again.

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood — ‘Get Psyched’ Primer (Preloads, System Requirements, and more!)

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood arrives digitally on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam in less than a week. As you get ready to play, here’s some important info to note before May 5th.

It’s Standalone

As we’ve stated previously, you don’t need Wolfenstein: The New Order to play The Old Blood. They’re separate games, and there is no save file carryover between the two. If you’re into great first-person shooter games, we’d certainly love you to play both. If you’ve played The New Order already, it’ll be exciting to see how the early events of the game were set into motion. If you haven’t played either, the $20 price tag gives you a great introduction into MachineGames’ new take on the Wolfenstein universe.

We’ll leave it up to you to determine how your loved ones experience the two games — deciding between playing the original or the prequel first.

Pre-Load and System Requirements after the break…

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Playing With History

When it comes to videogames, nostalgia can be powerful thing. When done right, it can evoke a feeling that will reach even those who have no memories of the distant past. It can create a deeper bond with players, regardless of whether they experienced the original events being referenced. It sets the stage, defines the mood. It makes a game… special.

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Such is the case with Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. In the sure hands of developer MachineGames, this standalone game is, unequivocally, nostalgia done right.

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Twitch Gameplay Reveal

This week Bethesda TwitchWorks comes in at a special time!

Tune into Twitch.TV/Twitch, or watch our Bethesda channel re-host of the world premiere of gameplay for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.

The stream, featuring Pete Hines and myself, starts live from PAX East at 10:30 am est on both Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th!

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Before The New Order…

… there was The Old Blood!

This morning we’re excited to announce what our friends and colleagues at MachineGames are up to: an all-new standalone prequel to everyone’s favorite Nazi-blasting first-person shooter of 2014, Wolfenstein: The New Order!

Arriving digitally on May 5th for $19.99/£14.99 /€19.99/$39.95 AUS on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood takes our hero BJ Blazkowicz back to the year 1946 in an adventure that spans eight chapters and two interconnected stories (released together) that will lead into the events you know and love from The New Order.

Part one of Wolfenstein: The Old BloodRudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves — pits BJ Blazkowicz against a maniacal prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. In part two – The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs – our hero’s search for the coordinates leads him to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artifacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power.

For a first look, watch our announcement trailer in the embed above, and this weekend at PAX East, look for our two-part livestream happening on Twitch.TV/Twitch at 10:30 am est on both Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th.

Wolfenstein Wins Game of the Year at the 4th Annual New York Game Awards

34861_2_4Last night, the The New York Videogame Critics Circle held their 4th Annual game awards where Wolfenstein: The New Order won of Game of the Year! To add to the excitement, the East Coast was greeted with a pretty massive snowstorm which made it pretty difficult for Pete Hines to get to NYC to make an acceptance speech. So that left only one option.

Introducing the first-ever New York Game Award accepted in a snowstorm with Pete Hines.

Congratulations to the Machinegames team on the (wintery) victory!

The Road to Award Season – GDC & D.I.C.E. Nods for Wolfenstein

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We like Wolfenstein. You like Wolfenstein. And this week, MachineGames’ industry peers let it be known they have a thing for B.J. Blazkowicz, too.

Both the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ D.I.C.E. Awards and GDC’s Game Developer Choice Awards honored Wolfenstein: The New Order a Best of 2014 nomination.  Unveiled this morning, Wolf received a D.I.C.E. nomination for Action Game of the Year,  and the GDC Awards nominated MachineGames for Best Technology.

The D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony will take place in Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the conclusion of D.I.C.E, while the GDC Awards run on March 4th in San Francisco.

Congrats to the whole team at MachineGames!

Wolfenstein Commentary – The Train Sequence

We’re back with the newest edition of our evolving Wolfenstein commentary series. This time around, we hear from lead narrative designer Tommy Tordsson Björk. The newest video features lead narrative designer Tommy Tordsson Björk discussing the ins and outs of one of Wolfenstein: The New Order’s most memorable moments: encountering Frau Engel and Bubi on the train..

For more commentary videos, check out Jens Matthies and Jerk Gustafsson commentary of Chapter 1 and Andreas Öjerfors walkthrough of the Gibraltar Bridge level. You can also catch commentary videos like these during our biweekly Bethesda Twitchworks livestream (note: this week we’re taking a break to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families)  — airing every other Friday at 4 pm est.